Understanding The Relationship With Diet And Cataract

by Medindia Content Team on  August 13, 2005 at 5:41 PM Research News
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Understanding The Relationship With Diet And Cataract
Age-related cataract is the world's leading cause of blindness that affects millions of people over 40 years of age. Latest research shows that Taking vitamin E supplements, as well as a higher intake of the B vitamins riboflavin and thiamine , could slow cataract progression.

Although surgical correction is currently the only known option for intervention researchers say they are investigating whether dietary changes can help prevent cataracts. In a recent study published , researchers say they have found that women who reported supplementing their diets with vitamin E for 10 years or more had significantly less progression of cataract development after five years of follow-up. A similar relative decrease in cataract progression was seen in women who reported higher intakes of two of the B vitamins, riboflavin and thiamin, when compared to women with lower intakes.

Thus researchers say that though their results suggest that vitamin supplementation, particularly long-term use of vitamin E, may slow down cataract development studies in the past have proven otherwise , hence researchers say more studies need to done in order to clear up the confusion between diet and cataracts.


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